Transport Group’s Queen of the Mist Review (and Get Discount Tickets!)

I don’t often do reviews here on Beccarama.  I have plenty of opinions, but I’m not a technical reviewer who parses the ins and out of products – unless it’s something I really, really want to talk about.  I have been a theater and movie geek since I was old enough to waddle into a […]

140 Education Conference: My Session on Parental Engagement in the Schools

Two weeks ago I spoke at the #140 Edu conference on meaningful parent engagement in the schools.  I had never been to a #140 conference and now I’m a huge fan both of the conference and of Jeff Pulver, the organizer, ring leader and all around fantastic guy behind the conferences.  Every presenter has a […]

Are NYC Parents Crazy?

This is a post I wrote a year ago for the Westside Independent, but after meeting so many women this weekend at BlogHer who asked me how I could raise my kids in NYC I thought I’d repost it here on Beccarama for a whole new audience. Are city parents crazy?  This is the question […]

You Say Carpet, I Say ACHOO!

I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls Collective on behalf of Claritin®. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program. We bought our apartment more than eight years ago.  It was a sponsor apartment, which in NYC means that the occupant continued to rent the […]

ManhattanHenge – It’s all about the grid

The sun perfectly aligned with the east-west grid of Manhattan and created a seriously cool effect.  My husband and I saw it first hand as we walked up Broadway during sunset on the Upper West Side.  This photo came to my attention by way of the West Side Rag.  It’s by Michael Huitt of Michael […]

Heading to the Mom Congress on Education & Learning

Sitting on the Amtrak train heading down to DC I’m thinking about what lies ahead at the Mom Congress on Education and Learning.  Sponsored by Parenting Magazine and Georgetown University, the Mom Congress consists of one chosen representative from each state and DC.  I was fortunate enough to be picked to be the New York […]

Why Aren’t Parents Rioting in the Streets?

This is the question an educator asked me yesterday.  A private school educator in New York City.  We were among over 200 people invited to Barry Diller’s IAC headquarters in Chelsea to have lunch and listen to the presentation for a brand new private school in Manhattan called Avenues The World Schools.  I wasn’t invited […]

How to Stretch a NYC Dollar (Hint: It Takes a lot of Financial Muscle)

Thank you to Turbo Tax for sponsoring my writing about household finances.  Learn more about how TurboTax can help you find every tax deduction you deserve.  I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. Last week my husband and I had brunch with some […]

The No Schlepping, No Shipping Gift Guide (With a Giveaway of Course)

We’ll be lighting the menorah on Wednesday night while leftover cranberry sauce still jiggles in the back of the fridge.  Even the procrastinators have an excuse this year (not like Christmas which is always the 25th, I mean come on it’s not like you didn’t see it coming!)  So for all of you who have […]

Going Behind the Gold Curtain at the Metropolitan Opera House (and a chance to win tickets to Hansel and Gretel!)

This past Tuesday my two daughters and I went to the Metropolitan Opera House Tree Lighting and then on a special backstage tour of the theater.  Growing up in New York City some of my most vivid and cherished memories of New York theater are linked to that incredibly beautiful theater.  I still remember the […]